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Caring for Kentuckians: Donating Blood During Difficult Times

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – Kentuckians showed their resilience over the weekend as citizens across the state rallied to support those affected by the devastating tornado.

Even if the blood supply is dangerously low due to the pandemic, Kentucky Blood Center Quick response to help.

“During the pandemic, we had a less than ideal blood supply, so it highlights the fact that it’s important to have a blood supply,” said Mandy Brajuha, Kentucky vice president of external relations. There was blood on the shelves when the tragedy struck,” said Mandy Brajuha, Kentucky vice president of foreign relations, in a statement.

The Kentucky Blood Center delivered the blood to Vanderbilt Hospital and both hospitals in Paducah. The facility says the blood need in western Kentucky has been met, and is now trying to replenish the local blood supply.

“We need to make sure there’s a healthy blood supply to Kentucky’s hospitals,” Brajuha said.

The Kentucky Blood Center said it had twice as many appointments yesterday than any other Monday. The positive is that it can restock its shelves in time for the holidays, which is often a difficult time for the establishment to keep blood on the shelves.

Blood has a shelf life of 42 days. The Kentucky Blood Center needs to make sure people are donating over the next few weeks to ensure a healthy blood supply throughout the holiday season.

For those who are worried, Brajuha says, “it’s just a bit stinging.”

The whole process takes about 40 minutes, includes snacks and juice, and the center says your donation could save three lives.

https://foxlexington.com/news/kentucky/caring-kentuckians-donating-blood-during-hard-times/ Caring for Kentuckians: Donating Blood During Difficult Times

Britta Zeltmann

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